The procession of rock (part 6)
His sports career ended on its own and Lars was also seriously engaged in percussion. A year later he came across an ad in the newspaper: a certain James Hetfield was looking for musicians for the group. They quickly converged, mutual sympathy grew into friendship. Hatfield’s friend and neighbor, Ron McGowney, became the bass player, and black guitarist Lloyd Grant was invited to solo. Hatfield’s vocals in strength and timbre turned out to be very similar to the voice of Ozzy Osbourne (this was later noted by Ozzy himself). Grant dropped out after a week of rehearsals: Hatfield’s rhythmic experiments were not able to do this, in general, to a promising guitarist. Dave Mustaine came in his place, and in the summer of 1982, “Metallica” recorded her first song. The tape with the recording went to Megafors and two weeks later “Metallica” signed a contract for the first record. However, in the midst of the work, bass player McGowney also announced that he could no longer play with Hatfield: “From his rhythmic beats, my brains stood on end, is he crazy – are we playing rock or Stravinsky?” Hatfield and Ulrich immediately flew to San Francisco, where they found the great bass player Cliff Burton, who was playing in the Trauma band at the time. Cliff Burton was a professional musician with a long history of work. Like any good bass player, Burton played the piano very well, mastered musical theory – step by step, he, like a teacher, led his less experienced colleagues to understand the basics of music, laid the foundation for further work , unleashed Hatfield’s creativity from the shackles of ignorance. Cliff taught Hatfield how to work, and he liked it. In March 1983, the group began recording an interrupted album. The musicians worked twenty hours a day, but … Burton’s appearance, his “school of good manners” did not go unnoticed, Ulrich and Hatfield felt uncomfortable, although nothing seemed to have changed. However, it changed. Their perception of music, the criteria, the requirements for the material changed. “Dave Mustaine is an excellent guitarist, he is probably the fastest guitarist in metal,” says Hatfield, “but we have already become different, and Dave continued to beat on “the strings, as if nothing had happened. We needed another who could handle the melodies.” This “other turned out to be Kirk Hammett of the San Francisco band Exedus, a fan of Jimi Handrix and Michael Schenker, able to realize any other idea with the precision of a computer. Fortunately, the” castling “of guitarists has been painless (Mustaine has since been playing Mega Det , a group called the “fast and straightforward copy of Metallica.)) A new group has appeared before hard rock fans. But it’s not quite what it was supposed to be. Despite some of the stylistic inclinations for Black Sabbath and Ice Zeppelin “, composition” Metal iki “look more” dry “, sharp and rhythmic wonders Hatfield generally questioned the membership of the group to rock in the traditional sense of the word. In general, the music group” Metallica “is much more complex than anything had once been in the rock.
However, the texts of the first album “Kill’em All” practically did not differ from standard developments, for example, “Judas Priest”: rock, long live rock and only rock! The second album “Right the Lighting” (1984) became fundamentally different. Musically, he deepens and develops the finds that marked the debut of the group, but the poems here came to the fore and bear the same emotional load as music. Metallica tackled very difficult topics: war, the death penalty, drug addiction, psychosis violence, suppression of dissent – topics that have always been present in the work of this group. Having recorded the third album, Metallica almost immediately acquires the status of a supergroup – a triumphal tour with Ozzy Osbourne, an unprecedented realization of a disc that almost instantly became “golden”. In the early fall of 1986, or rather, in September, Metallica went on tour in Scandinavia. On the road from Stockholm to Copenhagen, a bus with musicians and staff could not resist a slippery turn and turned around. One man died, Cliff Burton. He was 24 years old. Having recovered from the shock, Metallica announced a bass guitar contest. They received 340 demo recordings, of which one was selected. Its author was Jason Newsted.